Weekend Flyer Dump

April 17, 2014 by  
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TOADIES: Friday at the Magic Stick / / MCB is hooking you up

April 16, 2014 by  
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MCB has a Toadies CD to give to you. Just email motorcityblog@earthlink.net

Being the 20th anniversary of Rubberneck the Texan rockers plan on playing the album in its entirety. Earlier this year they announced re-releasing the record with some bonus tracks and took the whole show on tour with Supersuckers and Battleme.

$18 Advance / $20 Day of | All Ages
At the Magic Stick- 4140 Woodward Ave. in Detroit
Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3992814&pl=majestic

After Party Featuring:
No Division
@ Garden Bowl
11pm * Free * 18+

UPCOMING: Better Living Through Human Amusements at Go Comedy Improv Theater – Thursdays & Fridays through June 13

April 16, 2014 by  
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Are you tired? Confused? Grouchy? Disorganized? Don’t panic! Let your friends at Go Comedy! Improv Theater lead you to “Better Living Through Human Amusements”! Whether you’re a famous genius like Stephen Hawking, or an infant struggling to master basic motor skills, “Better Living Through Human Amusements” is sure to cure what ails you, with a cavalcade of characters who have it much worse than you. Join the Human Amusements crew (Jen Hansen, Joe Hingelberg, Amber Hunt, Pj Jacokes, Travis Pelto, and Chris Petersen) for an evening of hilarious sketch comedy inspired by their long-running, award-winning late night comedy show.

Better Living Through Human Amusements 
Go Comedy Improv Theater – Ferndale, MI 
Thursdays & Fridays (April 17-June 13) - 8pm - $18



NEXT WEEKEND: Lego KidsFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace Novi 25-27 April

April 15, 2014 by  
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LEGO KidsFest
April 25–27, 2014
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River, Novi, MI


Currently, tickets are available for the other remaining sessions, but are selling fast.

DON’T MISS OUT: Most sessions at each tour stop have sold out days in advance. Purchase your tickets now to ensure admission to the session of your choice.

NOTE: No tickets are available at the door for any session listed as "Sold Out."

LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.
Dates & Sessions:
Friday, April 25
4 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 26
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 27
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

(Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities)

ART OPENING: Jerry Vile reveals the Secret of Life (again) @ Inner State Gallery, 26 April

April 15, 2014 by  
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Inner State Gallery Presents
Jerry Vile’s Swanky Art Reception To Feature Shrimp Cocktail!
"The Secret of Life...Revealed, Again, For The First Time, Ever"
Artists Reception from 7-10pm April 26th 2014
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot • Detroit, MI

Jerry Vile art openings are as much about the performance as they are about the art on the walls; which itself can also be as much performance as it is painting. It’s art that at first glance may repulse you, it actually grows on you like a favorite song. You can experience for yourself, at his art reception for “The Secret of Life…Revealed, Again, For The First Time, Ever. The date is April 26, 2014, and it takes place at Inner State Gallery located in Eastern Market at 1410 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI.

Just voted Detroit's Best Painter by Metro Times reader’s, Vile’s paintings lay somewhere between delightful and disturbing. Misshapen heads, often creepy faced children or cute little animals, likely scared and screaming against landscapes that border on the abstract. Surreal is not a stretch, but low brow expressionism might be a better label. Imagine Max Fleischer as interpreted by Edvard Munch and repainted with the sloppy abandon of a Ralph Steadman. Virtually every piece is accompanied by a write-up, artist statements or ramblings of lunatic journalist (he cut his teeth publishing), they can be as surrealistic as some of the subjects or as crass a sales pitch as from a pushy telemarketer. They remind us that Vile is a just as much a writer, actually a satirist as he is a visual artist, maybe more so.

Videos, sculpture, taxidermy, miniatures, spoken word, (and/or actual performance) collide in flea market of contrasting mediums and styles. It's often tongue and cheek with other body parts thrown in (he is after all, the creator of Detroit's infamous and massive X-rated art spectacle, The Dirty Show®) Which provides a great lead in to his most well known work to date, The Crisco Fist. As a public art piece, The Crisco Can received more attention and accolades than any art piece in Detroit's recent history. Along with his Selling Of Detroit, which included a team of artists hanging sales signs on Detroit's more famous monuments and landmarks (as well as a hilarious ad in the weekly alt-weekly, The Metro Times) has given the former publisher and punk frontman a new stage to befuddle the masses. It's pure Detroit agitprop, and it struck a nerve with a city in the those of bankruptcy. They were visually arresting, humorous, surprising and above all, strong statements. Vile that also won an award for Best Public Art a Reader's poll in that same alt weekly’s poll.

As far as this show we are just as much in the dark as anyone. It's called The Secret Of Life…Revealed, Again, For The First Time, Ever. Vile describes it as "a Back To The Future type opportunity to change the past in the upcoming future which by then will be the present". He insists this show is his first step of becoming "The undisputed kingpin of Detroit's art racket."

Clearly unclear, is it art or a satire of art? Does it matter? This much we know. There will be video, paintings, sculpture, pompous unveiling, and shrimp cocktail seems to be his biggest concern, We just hope there will be plenty of Crisco on hand.

MOTORCITYBLOG 2014-04-14 17:40:00

April 14, 2014 by  
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Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

Some times one just hates to get out of bed when we are still searching for the Malaysian airplane, trying to get rid of winter, unrest in the Ukraine, ebola in New Guinea, trying to figure out why a high school kids bring 2 knives to school, shaking your head at a white idiot shoots three people at a Jewish Center, how another soldier is able to shoot up Fort Hood, why a Florida teacher orders a hit on a 7th grader, how a mother kills 6 babies over a 10 year period and the injustice of a bunch of future college students get killed in a bus crash. When I find myself getting frustrated at work, one can just look at this stuff and realize things are not all that bad. At least I can pronounce Achilles.  I hope the Easter weekend can signal in a change of fortunes and more happiness in the world.

It is a light week for me to recommend shows, but here are a few choices:

Wednesday (4/16) - Lacuna Coil @ Machine Shop

Friday (4/18) - Toadies and Supersuckers @ Magic Stick

Saturday (4/19) - Ruiners @ PJs Lager House, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

WIN TICKETS: Chromeo wsg Oliver at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on May 9, 2014

April 12, 2014 by  
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Chromeo, Montreal's favorite funk lordz, are bringing their "Come Alive Tour" to The Royal Oak Music Theatre on May 9th, 2014 with special guest Oliver for a night of Fancy Footwork. Chromeo are set to release their fourth album, White Women, on  May 12, 2014. 

Check out their latest video for "Jealous"

Chromeo wsg Oliver
May 9, 2014 at 8pm at The Royal Oak Music Theatre
$24/$28 DOS

email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your chance to win a pair of ticket to see Chromeo!

Ann Arbor Area Family Activities this Sunday, Get Outdoors!

April 11, 2014 by  
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Easter Egg Scramble 
Sunday, Apr 13 12:00pm

Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, MI    
The whole family can enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hudson Mills Metropark. Enjoy the "Barnyard Express" with Farmer John and his farm animals, face painting for the kids, visit with the Easter Bunny and go on an egg hunt. 

Tickets in advance: $4 Kids (12 and under) or at the door $6. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Hudson Mills Park Office at (734) 426-8211.

This Sunday at Nichols Arboretum

Eco Restoration Workday


Help Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff members remove invasive plants in Nichols Arboretum. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
Meet at the Arb Reader Center

Michigan Dahlia Association Annual Tuber Sale
Located in Matthaei Botanical Gardens

All are invited to a program that includes a video, “You Too Can Grow Beautiful Dahlias.” Also free dahlia-growing handouts available for new growers. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Free.

Orpheus Descending

A Tennessee Williams Play

Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

The U-M Residential College Drama program and Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum present Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Kate Mendeloff of the Residential College and performed by U-M students. Free.

Nichols Arboretum is located: 1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor 48104
Find a map here
or for more info on U of M's Arboretum & Matthaei Botanical Garden: mgbna.umich.edu

BLACK FEATHER @ The Carbon Lounge

April 11, 2014 by  
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Black Feather

Black Feather is a local alternative rock. They have a long musical history and strong musicianship. They focus on acoustic covers, but have added "going electric" as they've talked about for awhile.

Many have asked, "Why Black Feather?" According to the legend, when someone finds a black feather, it means that the guardian of their soul is near them. The Feather is supposed to remind the individual that he or she is not fighting the battles of this life alone.

This is going to be a bit unconventional, much like Black Feather's bassist, Kyle Mikolajczyk. Black Feather is playing a full on rap show, see the flyer below. It reminds me of the powerhouse shows from the 60's, when you could see a rock act, r&b act, and a country act, in one night at the same venue. Detroit could use some community. Could this be the beginning of building a stronger Detroit. Come out and see.


Black Feather
Plays at 12
Doors: 8:00pm
Carbon Lounge
11474 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Black Feather Facebook

Black Feather CL

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